Thursday, August 23, 2012
Will Global Warming Result in a Decline of Interest for American Football?
In fact, it's so hot outside and getting increasingly warmer each year that young people may be choosing not to play football. Why would they want to put themselves through two-a-days.
With a choice, kids may opt out of putting themselves through hellish conditioning in a hellish environment.
The weather's future may affect young people's future in football.
Florida and Texas are the powerhouses of American football and also continuously burning up outside, even hotter than the rest of the country. Major droughts just add to the sizzle. It can feel like there's no breath to breathe during parts of the day.
If September and October hang on to these temperature numbers, even gametime at night will be gruelingly difficult.
While it's true that all sports that practice outdoors are influenced somewhat by Global Warming, football involves different measures of practice and precision.
Practicing for football requires strenuous workouts by using muscle energy for strength and power. It's on the field in the heat where some of this agility and hitting takes place. Add all the equipment to wear and the sport may seem too laborious.
Why chance heat exhaustion or stroke? Then, also, there is the concussion factor, one more reason that football is losing its appeal. The artificial turf doesn't help matters any, either.
Kids have other things to do and the Olympics showed how many other interesting sports there are to try. More and more of those sports are becoming accessible for youth.
Even African-American youth, the ones counted on to carry the sport of football, may be beginning to turn away from the sport. African-American youth are heavily involved in all sports now, including skateboarding, swimming, tennis and others. In the past, opportunities for some sports were not afforded to them, but times have changed.
In the NFL, players will do what they can to make a buck, but the weather does crazy things to people. This heat can de-motivate the best of them.
Players may end up not playing as many years or may decide to do other things besides play football. Injuries play a big part in this too. With less practice due to the heat, players could end up out of shape for gametime and be more prone to misgivings with their bodies.
College ball might be different in the near future, too. Soon, there may be a trend of programs dropping football due to a lack of players. It could start with the lower divisions of the NCAA.
Schedules may be changing as soon as next season for all levels. Seasons may start in October instead of September.
If it's going to be this hot, fans may decide the cool temperature of their home suits them fine at the start of the season, rather than sitting in the hot sun or dry heat.
Until the scientists figure out how to refreeze the polar caps from the north and the south, interest in American football may be on the decline.
Posted by Howard M Alperin at 8/23/2012